Play chronicles community
BRATTLEBORO- New England Youth Theatre continues its presentation of the Laramie Project Cycle with “Laramie: Ten Years Later,” by Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Leigh Fondakowski, and Moisés Kaufman, directed by Rebecca Waxman.
Earlier this month, students at NEYT performed “The Laramie Project,” a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie, WY, in the year after the brutal murder of a young gay college student named Matthew Shepard in 1998. Characterized as a hate crime, the murder became a watershed historical moment in civil rights in America. In the aftermath of the murder, Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie to create “The Laramie Project,” a play that chronicles how the community grappled with the slaying.
In “Laramie: Ten Years Later,” the troupe revisits the town a decade after the tragedy, finding a community struggling with its legacy and its place in history. These interviews focus on how Laramie has changed politically, socially, religiously and educationally, and how, in some ways, it has not. The two plays together comprise an epic and deeply moving theatrical cycle that explores the life of an American town over the course of a decade.
The show plays at the Brooks House, 6 High Street, on April 27 and 28 at 7 pm, and April 28 and 29 at 2 pm. Tickets for these performances are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org, in person at the NEYT Box Office, or by phone (802) 246-6398 from 12 to 5 pm on Wednesdays.